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10. October 2018


Welcome to WestVisions - The premier event for the digital community in the west, at the crossroads between Technology, Business, Art and Society

New Vibes & Old Values

Gap Closing, Problem Solving & New Business

The leading minds in the digital sector against a breathtaking backdrop, stimulating talks and exciting ideas, cool drinks, warm food and relaxed networking: WestVisions is the leading event for the digital community in the west, bridging the gap between technology, economics, art and society.

At the Landscape Park Duisburg Nord, one of the most extraordinary places in Germany and Europe, creative people, nerds, founders and other digital natives meet for an evening full of inspiration and new perspectives.

The fifth edition of the WestVisions has yet again exciting talks by international speakers in store for you. You can expect inspiring conversations with our special guests on site. So, stay tuned until its that time again to:

Meet, Learn & Get Inspired on 10.10.2018


Clare Sutcliffe MBE

Take your chance to change the world


Clare co-founded Code Club in 2012 to inspire the next generation to learn to solve problems and create inventions with code.. Since its foundation over 13,000 Code Clubs have been created, reaching over 150,000 children around the world each year. In 2016 she led Code Club in a merger with Raspberry Pi Foundation where she led Community and Marketing until 2018. Previously Clare was a UX designer and art director in the mobile, tech and advertising sectors.

Clare has been nominated as one of the most influential women in UK tech by Computer Weekly for three years in a row and was awarded an MBE for services in technology education in the Queen’s 2015 New Year’s Honours List.

Talk description

Clare will talk about how she started to turn a simple idea into a worldwide movement with just a laptop, an internet connection and help from some good friends. She’ll talk about the creative, lean prototyping methods she used to test her ideas and how Code Club passes on this approach to inspire the next generation of problem solvers, inventors and world changers.

She’ll describe the challenges she encountered on the way and how you can learn from her mistakes and then take your chance to change the world.

This talk will be held in English.

Burkhard Maaß

Forging our future: a Ruhrpott kind of startup


Dr.-Ing. Burkhard Maaß is Co-Founder and CEO/CTO of Ingpuls, the only German producer of shape memory alloys. He lectures shape memory technology at the Ruhr University, where he studied mechanical engineering, got his PhD in Materials Science and also, where he used to play as a kid. He’s been living in Bochum for most of his life – returning even after living in sunny Spain and tropical Venezuela.

Talk description

Founding a startup sounds easy: buy a macbook, register a domain, code a homepage and app, start selling. That’s basically it. But founding a startup to set up an industrial scale production facility takes a lot more effort before you can get started. At the same time it is something that fits in the Ruhrgebiet better than anywhere else. Processes like casting and forging have been common in the Ruhrgebiet since the rise of steel production. They do not sound as if they belong in a digital world. And yet, we use them to produce cutting edge technology today. Our Shape Memory alloys are Smart Materials that are unique in the world, and they are a bridge in multiple ways. They connect the digital and the analogue world and are used in modern products, which become smarter and more adaptive each year. Smart materials are a key technology for that development. They also connect the past with the future. The days of the heavy industry may be over, but the identity of the Ruhrpott has been defined by its industrial past, and it might very well be the basis on which its future will be forged. Literally, not as a figure of speech.

This talk will be held in English.

Chris MM Gordon

Your contribution to a sustainable planet


Chris MM Gordon is passionate about inspiring social enterprise and BCorps and doing well and doing good.
Chris’ work focuses on leading and managing European and nationwide projects on Social Enterprise, Social Entrepreneurship, Corporate Responsibility, Social Impact, Startups, Cooperatives, Exporting, SMEs in Ireland and leading a life of passion and purpose. He is a director of IgniterPad, Far & Wild, Managing Partner of Collaboration Ireland and Founder of and the Irish Export Cooperative ( Chris is the former Director of Social Enterprise NI.
With both and BCorp Ireland, Chris hopes to build communities of likeminded people who are shaping Ireland and making a difference to their communities.

Talk description

Chris delves into doing our bit for the planet by choosing to grow and support organisations that are not just the best in the world, but best for the world. Through global examples and some Irish wit, Chris hopes to leave you with a sense of hope and how to do your bit to ‘Save Our World’.

This talk will be held in English.


18:00 Entry
Grab a drink and get to know other participants of WestVisions
19:10 Clare Sutcliffe
"Take your chance to change the world"
19:40 Burkhard Maass
"Forging our future: a Ruhrpott kind of startup"
20:10 Chris MM Gordon
"Your contribution to a sustainable planet"
20:40 START.UP! Tour & Networking
Let the evening end with some drinks and networking.


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Blower House complex in the Landscape Park Duisburg Nord

WestVisions takes place in the Landscape Park Duisburg Nord. A decommissioned steelworks, whose old industrial plants are now widely used. Experience a park landscape that is almost unique in the world, combining industrial culture, nature and fascinating light spectacle.

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Landscape Park Duisburg Nord
Emscherstraße 71
47137 Duisburg

Follow the signs at the main entrance! The park has a large public car park just opposite the main entrance.

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